This week, the world celebrates Valentines Day. Whether you’re riding solo or you’ve got a companion, one thing is for sure: music matters; whether you’re looking to soothe an aching heart, serenade another’s, or whether you really just don’t care but want some solid tunes anyway, here’s some of the best new music for you – the most important love of your life.
NoMBe, Young Hearts
Following on from the stellar Wait, LA’s NoMBe ha just released Young Hearts, the second track from his upcoming album They Might’ve Even Loved Him. Taking the pre-album single release process a step further than the norm, he’s promised to release one track at a time throughout the year, with the full release coming out later in 2017. This latest is an incredible blend of indie rock, R&B and electronic elements, effortlessly interchanging throughout the song. Driven by his sultry, spaced out vocals, the track casually builds with the addition of synths and electronic wails into one of the most emotional releases this year. Gird your loins – who knows what’ll come next?
BJ The Chicago Kid, Roses
Fresh from his three Grammy Award nominations, and from being personally invited to sing the US National Anthem at President Obama’s Chicago send-off, the angel-voiced BJ The Chicago Kid is back with Roses, a smooth, sultry, upbeat tune released just in time for the airy romance of the week. Like his 2016 album In My Mind, it shows off his incredibly vibrant, irresistibly slick voice to perfection. Booming trap instrumentation accented with sharp guitar twangs, this dark twist on a love song fittingly mixes with the BJ’s bold, swaggering verses.
Oscar Key Sung, Shallow
Returning again with his blend of electro-R&B and pop-leaning melodies, Oscar Key Sung’s latest single Shallow pushes the boundaries of a conventional love song once again. Inspired by the idea of how a couples perceive their futures together and the “absurd force draws you to each other”, the tune builds from a pulsing synth heavy piece into an oddly dark and dance-worthy anthem. All the while, Oscar’s broken, heartfelt voice pulls you through, keeping you entranced throughout each part of the journey.
Melbourne-based SAATSUMA have returned with their third incredible single, a vibrant slow burner titled Isolate. Packed with a range of analogue synth tones, pulsating drums and brilliantly layered vocals, Isolate grows to become a really beautiful soundscape, perfectly fit for two.
Ray BLK, Patience (Freestyle)
Okay, so this tune came out a few weeks ago, but we just found out about it, and we love it. Ray BLK is one of the the big buzz artists coming out of London right now, and for good reason. As is the trend right now, she brilliantly blends beautiful and passionately sung verses with razor-sharp rap verses. This tune Patience particularly shows off her talents, backed by a soulful yet fresh beat, finding a perfect balance between her spine chilling falsetto choruses and flavour as an emcee, creating what is ultimately an empowering tune we simply can’t ignore.
Image: NoMBe – Supplied